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JDWebb
03-03-2015, 04:28 PM
I bake artisan breads, some being sourdough and I have a 4 year old sourdough starter that is like having a pet or a child. You have to feed it, care for it, etc. I am wondering if it is possible to create a starter for mead using a wine yeast and keep it fed. Has anyone tried doing this, or is it even possible?

Medsen Fey
03-03-2015, 10:03 PM
It is quite easy to do. Over time it will probably pick up some other bacteria and yeast making it your own "house blend". It isn't really any different from maintaining a sourdough or a Kombucha SCOBY.

You can also capture yeast on a piece of wood, like an oak spiral, and then let it dry. When ready, you plop it back into a fresh must, and the yeast will get going again.

You can harvest yeast and freeze them as well which may keep a culture with higher purity.

There are all kinds of ways to propagate yeast.